Renaissance Roadster drives from Detroit with Ridler Award

The Renaissance Roadster wins the Ridler Award at the 65th Detroit Autorama | Margaret Hehr

There’s no denying that the 65th annual Detroit Autorama started with a big bang this year. To launch the show — quite literally — a “General Lee” 1969 Dodge Charger raced along the riverfront street next to the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and sped up a ramp and flew over the pavement, just like Bo and Luke would do on The Dukes of Hazzard television show.

The car, bearing the “01” on its doors and the Detroit Autorama logo on its rear quarter panels, was driven by Ryamond Kohn of the Northeast Ohio Dukes group. The “landing” was somewhat less graceful than those by the TV stunt team. The car sustained significant front-end damage and was displayed inside the Cobo Center during the self-proclaimed “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show.”

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